An occasional side-project of Italian pair Rodion and Hugo Sanchez (who takes his name from the somersaulting Mexican footballer of the '80s and '90s), Alien Alien's EPs mine the kind of dark disco you might expect to hear on Daniel Avery's Rinse FM mixes. The title track of their latest begins in unabashedly chugging fashion, a dank bass groove and acidic synth stabs loitering menacingly alongside a male vocal loop. Rodion's remix of the track maintains a similarly sedate pace. He deploys only subtly different percussion and bass on its nasal, processed vocal but offers fresh digressions along the way—an ominous wave of synth, a bout of high-pitched key shards.
On the flip, "Soter" successfully splices dark with light by pairing another deliberate bass pattern and flatulent horns with a surprisingly upbeat disco-style vocal and cowbells. Red Axes' remix of "Soter" coats distorted fragments of the vocal in wind-tunnel pads and background bleeps to close a solid addition to Alien Alien's crepuscular oeuvre that never truly catches fire.